The Rudder of the Church : A Study of the Theory of Canon Law in the Pedalion

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (monograph)


This thesis is a study of the theology of canon law in the Pedalion.
The Pedalion (Πηδάλιον: ”rudder”) is a famous Greek Orthodox collection of canon law. It was printed in Leipzig 1800 by permission of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. St. Nikodemos Hagioreites and Agapios Leonardos were the authors.
What is the theoretical foundation of canon law according to the Pedalion? How is the law in force found according to the Pedalion? How is canon law used according to the Pedalion?


  • David Heith-Stade
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Philosophy, Ethics and Religion


  • Canon Law, Theology of Canon Law, Ecclesiology, Eastern Orthodoxy, Byzantine Law
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
Supervisors/Assistant supervisor
Award date2014 Dec 15
Print ISBNs978-91-87833-08-3
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Defence details Date: 2014-12-15 Time: 15:00 Place: Sal B251, LUX, Helgonavägen 3, Lund External reviewer(s) Name: Nassis, Chrysostomos Title: biträdande professor Affiliation: Aristotelesuniversitetet i Thessaloniki --- The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (015017000)